V i o l e t  D u o

The Violet Duo was founded in 2015 by saxophonists Brian Bosley and Cecily Terhune as a format for commissioning new works and interpreting established works for two saxophones.  The duet is based out of Muncie, Indiana where both attended school at Ball State University.  Bosley and Terhune have played together for many years prior to the formation of the duet.  Together they played side by side in the top ensembles at Ball State: the BSU Jazz Lab Ensemble, the BSU Wind Ensemble, and the Midas Quartet along with playing in the Evansville Symphonic Concert and Jazz Bands and America’s Hometown Concert and Jazz Bands.

 

As proponents of New Music, the Duo’s most important recent performance was a world premiere of Three Miniatures for soprano sax duo by Carter Rice at the North American Saxophone Alliance’s 2016 conference at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.  The Violet Duo will be playing this piece along with many other great works on their upcoming 2016 Midwest Summer Tour.  Stay tuned on our Events page as we plan our upcoming concerts.  

B r i a n   B o s l e y

Brian Bosley is the saxophone studio graduate assistant at Ball State University where he is currently completing a Doctor of Arts in saxophone performance. Bosley holds a Master of Music from BSU in woodwind performance and a BME from the University of Evansville. Prior to his graduate studies, he taught middle school band and elementary general music in Webster County, Kentucky. While at BSU, Bosley was the principal of the Ball State Wind Ensemble and soprano saxophonist of the Midas Quartet (This group received an honorable mention at the 2016 Midwest District Chamber Music Competition). He has also been a member of Ball State’s top jazz ensemble, the Jazz Lab Ensemble.

 

Outside of the university Brian serves as the principal saxophonist of the Evansville Symphonic Band. His orchestral experience includes playing pieces such as Ravel’s Bolero and Pictures at an Exhibition; Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky; Milhaud’s La Creation du Monde; and several other standards with the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra. Bosley has also performed with the Muncie Symphony Orchestra, The Evansville Symphonic Band Big Band, and the Evansville Philharmonicats. Bosley has performed at festivals such as the Chautauqua Institute and the New Harmony Music Festival. He has also performed at several national and regional NASA conferences including the 2014 conference at University of Illinois, Champaign Urbana, IL; the 2015 conference at Northern Illinois University; Dekalb, IL; and the 2016 conference at Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX. Along with performing at several conferences, he has taught masterclasses for universities and musical arts institutes including the University of Evansville, Ball State University Honor Bands, and the Ravinia Music Festival. Bosley has performed extensively both nationally and internationally in places such as Wrocław and Klodsko, Poland; Prague, Czech Republic; Lubbock, TX, Chautauqua, NY, Hilton Head, SC; and Orlando, FL.

C e c i l y  T e r h u n e

Cecily Terhune is a professional saxophone performer and teacher based in Indianapolis, Indiana.  She holds a Bachelor of Music Performance degree and is pursuing an Artist Diploma from Ball State University.  Terhune is the recipient of the Brian Minor Memorial Saxophone Scholarship, the Tom Shah Memorial Jazz Scholarship, and the Presser Scholarship.  She currently holds an assistantship in Ball State’s jazz department under renowned jazz artist Mark Buselli.  Her primary saxophone instructors include Drs. George Wolfe and Nathan Bogert.  Upon completion of her Artist Diploma, she will pursue a Master of Music degree in Saxophone Performance from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music with Dr. James Bunte.

 

Terhune performs regularly or has performed with the Midas Quartet, the New Harmony Saxophone Quartet, the Evansville Symphonic Concert and Jazz Bands, America’s Hometown Concert and Jazz Bands, the Muncie Symphony Orchestra, the Muncie Civic Theater, and the Violet Duo. Recent notable performances include a European tour in May 2015 as the Ball State Jazz Lab Ensemble’s lead alto throughout Poland and the Czech Republic, a solo recital at Mukogawa Women’s University in Osaka, Japan, two solo performances at the Chautauqua Institution in New York, and concerto performances with the Ball State Symphony Orchestra and the Kokomo Park Band.

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